DISADVANTAGED primary school kids across the City of Gold Coast will now have a greater opportunity to learn and achieve their potential in class thanks to a delivery of free school shoes and socks from the Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation.
The leather shoes and new socks will benefit 67 children in need from Benowa, Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Elanora, Helensvale, Labrador, Miami, Oxenford, and Pimpama primary schools and will be delivered at no cost between Tuesday April 22 and Friday April 30.
The program is a result of more than a years’ research by the charity, which spoke to schools and teachers to find out what the most important and urgent needs of disadvantaged children were.
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Managing Director of the Foundation Pauline Preston said the program increased overall school attendance and reduced ill health and school bullying.
“The need is urgent. We have schools sending us photos of children with sores on their feet because they have no shoes, or posting us shoes that are so worn out they are only held together by the back seam,” Ms Preston said.
“For children arriving at school sick or wet or not arriving at all due to holes in their shoes – the challenges of learning can become overwhelming.
“They find it extremely hard to concentrate and retain information and often have more medical problems.
“They can also become the subject of cruel teasing and taunts and are more likely to perform badly on reading, math and other tests simply due to not being comfortable and able to learn properly.”
The charity’s waiting list has grown to more than 200 schools in less than 18 months requesting help for more than 6,000 children.
It costs just $29.95 to give one child a decent pair of school shoes and three pairs of socks delivered to their school – a luxury many families are struggling to, or cannot afford.
For more information or to send a donation, go to: www.brighterfuture4kids.org.au